Chad Stahelski to direct Black Samurai adaptation

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The John Wick director’s slate continues to balloon with another slice and dice project on the way. 

Chad Stahelski, the director of the John Wick films, has reportedly signed on to helm an a feature film adaptation of Marc Olden’s Black Samurai novels for Netflix. Stahelski will be collaborating with Foundation writer/producer Dana Jackson, who will be penning the script.

Olden’s series of 1970s blaxploitation books ‘follow Robert Sand, an American soldier in Japan who learns the ways of the most powerful martial arts and becomes the Black Samurai.’

The books are described by The Hollywood Reporterwho first broke the story as ‘globe-trotting thrillers with power-mad millionaires, black-market warheads, voodoo priests, a solid gold katana and a high body count.’

Stahelski is currently in post-production on John Wick 4 which will release March 24th 2023. Perhaps Stahelski has discovered the secret of cloning as he seems to be picking up projects at a pace that no one human can surely navigate.

As well as the Highlander remake which was the director claimed was going to shoot this year, he’s also signed up to another samurai movie, PlayStation Productions’ Ghost Of Tsushima. That project features a noble samurai who becomes a hated and feared assassin in Feudal-era Japan, which should cut down on the pre-production research for Stahelski as he now has two samurai films. Oh, and he’s also signed up for another assassin movie for Warner Bros in the form of Shibumi. 

As to what order these projects go into production, or indeed if all of them even do, we’ll have to wait and see. With Henry Cavill, the proposed star of the Highlander reboot, being the subject of some particularly strong rumours regarding a sequel to Man Of Steel, we’d suggest that that may well be the first domino to fall unless production really is ready to get underway. We’ll bring you more as we hear it.

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